You will probably need further surgery down the line
Around one in four women need further surgery after ten or so years because no implant can last forever. Some implants leak, or develop a so-called “scar-shell” that can change the shape. There’s also weight loss or gain, as well as pregnancy, to consider, as these factors can change the breast and make further changes desirable.
You’ll need at least a week off work
This first week is the toughest in terms of recovery and you won’t feel like doing much. Plus you’ll be bandaged up and will probably be taking strong painkillers. After seven days you can return to work, as long as you don’t have a heavy manual job. If your implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle (instead of on top of it), recovery time is longer.
Your new breasts will feel different
Implants feel similar to real breasts, but not quite the same. If your original breasts were small, you’ll be able to tell more easily. However, if you opted for smaller implants or have them placed underneath the muscle, this will make them harder to detect.
You can’t jump several cup sizes in one go
You can’t go from AA to DD in one breast augmentation treatment. Your skin needs time to expand and grow over the new implants, so a good surgeon will recommend just one or two cup sizes at first. If you want, you can increase the size of the implants over a number of years.
Breast surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed
If you have your incisions around your areolae, you might damage milk ducts, which will prevent milk coming through the nipple, thus impairing breastfeeding. However, many women have successfully nursed their babies after surgery, but if this is a concern, ask your surgeon to look at underarm or under-crease incisions.
You could lose feeling in your nipples
All types of breast surgery carry this risk, although some types are riskier than others. Sometimes the feeling comes back within months, sometimes it can take a few years.
Breast surgery can affect cancer screening
All women need to look after their breasts, so if you’re thinking of an augmentation or any other sort of surgery, have a thorough check-up to rule out any problems before you go ahead. Have a mammogram to reassure you and talk to your surgeon about how your implants might affect the screening procedure in future. Mammograms after augmentation surgery work best if the implant is underneath the pectoral muscle.
You’ll need to limit your exercise regime for 12 weeks
You will have to cut out any strenuous cardio workouts or anything involving jumping or bouncing. Light cardio exercise is OK after the first week or two, though.
You need to think about your posture
The weight of an implant is pretty much the same as natural breast tissue and so if your breast implants are only small, you shouldn’t feel any difference in your posture and your back. Larger ones carry the risks of back and shoulder pain.